Photography and Personal Vision Winter 2024

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When you look at a photograph, what is it really saying? How can you make a photograph that says what you mean? This course will delve into the concepts of photographic seeing and visual literacy, while also exploring practical ways to apply these concepts to your own photography. In class we will review photobooks and discuss how a well-sequenced body of work can be greater than the sum of its parts. We will learn how to use professional image editing software like Adobe Lightroom during the course. Students will learn to defend their work during in-class critiques, and at the end of the course the class will produce an exhibition of their photography. The class will meet in Hopkins Hall 105 two times per week – Tuesdays from 10am-12pm and Thursdays from 1pm-5pm. Generally, we’ll be talking about reading pictures on Tuesdays, and we’ll be talking about making pictures on Thursdays. Outside of class, students will be expected to photograph in the local area. Students must either own or borrow a digital SLR. Williams Equipment Loan has plenty of suitable cameras available for your use, and Adobe Lightroom is available on Williams computers. We will not spend a lot of time building technical proficiency in this class but I will give you suggestions on how to improve your images, regardless of your equipment or level of training. If you are having an issue with your camera or digital workflow, don’t hesitate to reach out for technical assistance during the course – I will be available for one-on-one Zoom meetings throughout the winter study.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 10
Expected: NA
Class#: 1033
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: final project or presentation
Prerequisites: No experience or personally-owned camera equipment is required, but students are welcome to use their own cameras if they have them. Williams Equipment Loan has an excellent selection of cameras to borrow.
Enrollment Preferences: If overenrolled, prospective students can email me
Unit Notes: Ben Brody is the Director of Photography for The GroundTruth Project and Report for America, and author of the critically acclaimed 2019 photobook Attention Servicemember. He lives is western Massachusetts.
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression
STUX Winter Study Student Exploration

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